Paula’s Volcano Cake

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Paula’s Volcano Cake Paula’s Volcano Cake

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Cream mixture:
1 8-ounce softened cream cheese
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 cups 4X or 10X sugar

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup pecans
1 (18.25-ounce) box German chocolate cake mix, prepare by following direction on box
10 bite-sized almond and chocolate covered candy or candy of choice
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract





For the cream mixture:

Beat ingredients together with an electric mixer. Set aside until ready to use.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch cake pan.

Line bottom of greased pan with coconut flakes. Sprinkle pecans on top of coconut. Set aside.

Follow directions on back of box to prepare cake. Beat for approximately 2 minutes, using an electric mixer. Fold in bite-sized candy. Pour into cake pan. Evenly space dollops of cream mixture on top of the cake. When the cake cooks, the cream will sink down to the bottom. This will be your “volcano” of flavor. Place in oven for 40 to 45 minutes. While cake is still hot spread the glaze evenly over the cake.

For the glaze:

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in cocoa powder and add milk until you get a thin consistency. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. While bringing the butter and milk mixture to a boil, whisk in confectioners’ sugar and almond extract. Glaze should be thin. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before using.

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By julie vidana on November 03, 2013


on this recipe what is the 4x and 10x stand for. I just got married 3 weeks ago and want to do a dinner in the next week for my mother in law and sister in law. so i really like to make this, if i can find out what that means

By amanda joiner on June 27, 2013


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By Anonymous on March 12, 2013


Hi Joan Erno, I believe you are talking about this cake: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Volcano Cake . Here are the other recipes from that days show: Chocolate Is a Girls Best Friend show. For more recipes coming from the shows, please check out the show schedule page. Here you can find the corresponding recipes that have been aired according to the day and time.

By Anonymous on March 11, 2013


This is not the volcano cke you made on your tv show you made it with peanut butter and reses pieces and I didn't get the whole recipe could you help me Thank you Joan

By Joan erno on February 23, 2013


How can I follow Paula on Pinterest it keeps saying I can't pin from every site I try to pin from please help I love her stuff and since I am in Germany with my son who is deployed here I don't get to watch food network here

By Paula Deemer on January 31, 2013


Hello Paula, I am a diabetic 2 and I wanted to ask you if you may know,can I have powder sugar in a cake like this one? please email me for I would love to have this cake for Christmas. I too, have a blue and gold macaw and I too got him when he was about 3or4 weeks old and had to feed him. kept him on a warm heating pad until he was feathered out good. he is a momma boy and likes everyone else as long as I not near them. ha. I love that bird. but would you please take the time and answer me about the powder sugar question. Merry Christmas. Vallyne

By Vallyne on December 19, 2012


This cake was very good, but it was also very rich!! I would make it again for a special event.

By ponchyboy on November 03, 2012


I love your show and your family . I Have 2 questions , I don't understand the measurement 2 cups 4xor 10x? And can Nestles Quik be used? Thank You

By Patti on May 13, 2012


its so good choloate-e

By mrs t on May 13, 2012


Wonderful recipe! Congratulations! I was impressed with your site! Thanks... I love sweets (mostly frosted cakes and bars), and I have just become diabetic. I´ve read that using coconut oil in the place of butter will impair the absorption of sugar, thereby reducing the need for insulin, making it possible for diabetics to eat sweets without wracking their glicemia. I´d like to suggest that you make a book with cake recipes that diabetics can enjoy without harming themselves. Good luck! And keep up the good work!

By Tania Quiles on April 23, 2012


on the volcano cake recipe what does this mean 2 cups 4X or10X sugar?

By krystyne on February 25, 2012


Thank-You!!!! What an amazing spirit you have. You will never know what an inspiration you have been to me!! My eyes are welling up. I've never written or commented to any celebrity, but needed a cake recipe and who would i turn to but you. Will never forget-saw your story on Oprah-went running thru my house yelling for my son who has suffered with social anxiety and agoraphobia, Paula beat it, and i know you can too. He's doing better not 100% but he will get there. Thank-You again!! God Bless you. Keep on Cooking and Laughing! LOVE and BEST WISHES from my kitchen to yours!

By Tracy Martin on January 16, 2012


Made this Thanksgiving- was the BEST!!! Making 2 tonight for Christmas gifts. The BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER !!! Thanks Paula!

By June Biddix on December 20, 2011


How many times is the confectioners sugar processed that u buy in a store?

By Janet Vazquez on November 29, 2011


Hi Karen, The "X" refers to how many times the confectioners' sugar has been processed.

By Jonathan Able on September 06, 2011


What type of sugar is 4X or 10X for your volcano cake? Is it powdered sugar>

By Karen on August 17, 2011


Hola Sra. Paula Deen, Vimos su programa donde hacia el pastel volcan, nos encanto, lo voy a realizar en este momento espero me quede como el suyo, espero pueda leer mi mensaje, soy una fan, suya y tambien somo fan del chocolate gracias y espero me pueda responder gracias y saludos.

By Ma. Guadalupe Lopez Meza on August 06, 2011


Im about to try this cake at home, i hope it works same as it did with you. Im a big fan btw, keep up the great work.

By Malak Krayem on July 26, 2011


Hi Marlene, The 4x or 10x refers to the granule size of the sugar. The bags of sugar you'll find in your local grocery store should have them clearly labeled for you.

By Jonathan Able on July 13, 2011

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